Seoul Dragon City [서울드래곤시티]

D.P. (2021); Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021); My Roommate Is A Gumiho (2021); Oh My Ladylord (2021); Vincenzo (2021); 18 Again (2020); Kairos (2020); Was It Love (2020); Chocolate (2019-20); 9.9 Billion Woman (2019-20); Secret Boutique (2019); Class of Lies (2019); Mother of Mine (2019); Revolutionary Love (2017)

When on a day trip in Seoul in episode 3 of Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (갯마을 차차차) (tvN/Netflix, 2021), Yoon Hye-jin (Shin Min-a) and Hong Du-sik (Kim Seon-ho) pass by this building and they are photographed by somebody inside the building without noticing.

The exterior of this complex is seen as the place where Jang Joon-woo (Kim Yeo-jin) had dinner with her colleagues and superiors Prosecutor General Hwang Jin-tae (Seo Jin-won) and Seo Woong-ho (Hwang Tae-kwang) in episode 2 of Vincenzo (빈센조) (tvN/Netflix, 2021). In episode 8, the meeting between Jang Han-seo (Kwak Dong-yeon) and Shinkwang Bank president Hwang Min-seong (Kim Sung-cheol) takes place here.

After their lunch together, Jung Da-jung (Kim Ha-neul) and Ko Woo-young/Hong Dae-Young (Lee Do-hyun) exit the restaurant through the door of the Grand Mercure Hotel [그랜드머큐어 앰배서더호텔앤레지던스 서울용산] at this location in episode 12 of 18 Again (18 어게인) (JTBC, 2020).

The 40th anniversary celebration of the Hanseong Group is held here in episode 24 of Mother of Mine/My Prettiest Daughter in the World (세상에서 제일 예쁜 내 딸) (KBS2, 2019). In episode 22, Kang Mi-ri (Kim So-yeon) and Han Tae-joo (Hong Jong-hyun) come here to pore over the event details with the staff.

Also seen in D.P./DP/Deserter Pursuit (디피) (Netflix, 2021); Woman of 9.9 Billion/9.9 Billion Woman (99억의 여자) (KBS2, 2019-20) (the King’s Room); in episode 7 of Class of Lies /Mr. Temporary/Undercover Teacher (미스터 기간제) (OCN, 2019); Revolutionary Love (변혁의 사랑) (tvN, 2017).

Sky Kingdom

King’s Vacation [킹스베케이션] appears as the interior of cosmetic company KT in Oh My Ladylord/Oh! Master (오! 주인님) (MBC, 2021). In episode 4, Oh Joo-in (Im Jin-ah/Nana from After School) and Jeong Yu-jin (Kang Min-hyuk of CNBLUE) meet up for the first time in years after his return to Seoul. In episode 5, Jeong-yu-jin is briefed about Joo-in by his secretary at this place.

Noh Ae-jung (Song Ji-hyo) and Oh Dae-oh (Son Ho-joon) meet up with actress Joo Ah-rin (Kim Da-som) at the 2F restaurant The Ribbon in episode 6 of Was It Love/Did We Love?/We, Were in Love (우리, 사랑했을까) (JTBC, 2020) to convince her to play the main lead in their movie.

Lee Kang (Yoon Kye-sang) joins his best friend Kwon Min-seong (Yoo Teo) at the bar ‘Spy & Partyroom’ in episode 3 of Chocolate (Chokolis, 초콜릿) (JTBS, 2019-20) who drinks away his break-up with Moon Cha-young (Ha Ji-won).

It is at the ‘Spy & Partyroom’ where Jenny Jang (Kim Sun-a) orders abusive general Kim Jin-seok to be taught a lesson in episode 1 of Secret Boutique (시크릿 부티크) (SBS, 2019).

Novotel Suites Ambassador Seoul Yongsan [노보텔 스위트 앰배서더 서울 용산]

This is seen as the ‘Mandarin Sing Hotel’ in Singapore, where Shin Woo-yeo (Jang Ki-yong) and Hwang Yo-jin (Han Ji-eun) attend a book publishing event in episode 1 of My Roommate Is A Gumiho/Frightening Cohabitation (간 떨어지는 동거) (tvN, 2021).

In episode 9 of Vincenzo (빈센조) (tvN/Netflix, 2021), Hong Cha-young (Jeon Yeo-bin) is dropped off at the entrance of Novotel Suites Ambassador Seoul Yongsan [노보텔 스위트 앰배서더 서울 용산] by Vincenzo Cassano/Park Joo-hyung (Song Joong-ki) for her to spend the night after her house got broken into, but she freaks out at the sight of the staff even before she could reach her room.

The ‘Love, Hope, Share Charity 2020’ event takes place at this hotel in episode 1 of Kairos (카이로스) (MBC, 2020), to which Kim Seo-jin (Shin Sung-rok) takes his daughter Kim Da-Bin (Shim Hye-yeon), who eventually disappears.

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Seoul Dragon City [서울드래곤시티] — which opened in 2017 — prides itself on being the ‘1st Lifestyle Hotel-plex’ with four hotel brands, 1,700 rooms and 11 restaurants and bars. It is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Hangangno [Hangangno-dong/한강로동] in the Yongsan District [Yongsan-gu/용산구]. The anniversary event in Mother of Mine was held in its Hanra Ballroom, while part of the pre-event discussion took place at A La Maison Wine and Dine.

Sky Kingdom, a collection of concept lounge bars and party rooms, namely King’s Vacation, The Ribbon, Spy & Partyroom [스파이앤파티룸] (33F), and Sky Beach makes up another part of Seoul Dragon City.

The building was designed by Junglim Architects & Engineers (대한민국 정림건축 종합건축사사무소), for which they received the Bronze Prize of the 2014 MIPIM Asia Awards, the Excellence Award of the 2017 BIM Awards and the Best Award of the 2019 Korea Ecological Architecture Awards (2019 대한민국생태환경건축대상). The larger-than-life sculpture seen on the outside of the building is by Korean artist Park Balloon (박발륜), whose real name is Park Chang-sik (박창식).

Instagram: @seouldragoncity

95 Cheongpa-ro 20-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 용산구 청파로20길 95
(한강로3가 40-969)
Geolocation: 37.531844, 126.963062

Getting here
Yongsan Station [용산역], Seoul Subway Line 1/Gyeongui Jungang Line, Exit 3
(10 min. walk)

— submitted by Mich KDL, updated by Marion KDL

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